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What is the Momo Challenge?
All it has to do to spread is trigger our urge to share it with others. One way to do that is to trigger the deep, primal urge inside parents to protect their children and the deep primal urge within online news outlets to scare parents for clicks. The avatar is actually a much-shared picture of a sculpture called Momo Mother Bird , made by a special effects company and exhibited in the Vanilla Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. The Momo thing is much more akin to an urban legend right now … People are claiming what Momo is and what Momo does, but not that many people have actually interacted with the account. Finding screenshots of interactions with Momo is nearly impossible. At some point what people mean by The Momo Challenge seems to have changed from a story about a WhatsApp account into a new name for a completely different urban legend called The Blue Whale Challenge. The Blue Whale Challenge is a story about a game in which players have to perform acts of self harm, before winning the game by committing suicide. The second, more recent mutation to the idea seems to have occurred in the last week: that the Momo Challenge is appearing in the middle of innocent YouTube videos about things kids like, such as Peppa Pig and Fortnite.
A six-year-old girl targeted by the sick Momo challenge has revealed how the naked character wants to be "best pals" with children. Fortunately, the youngster turned off the clip - but it was only later that her horrified family discovered what she'd come across. Mum Brittany Roussell, 27, filmed her daughter describing Momo - a haunting character with grotesque features and bulging eyes. Dressed in a fluffy 'Love' top, with a bow in her hair, Bre-Andria describes how Momo "could be in your dreams or she could kill you". She tells her mother: "You're going to text her if we could be friends and she will say, 'Yes, we can be best friends'. And I don't want that to happen to me so make sure you all stay safe, OK? Brittany, from Louisiana, US, gave Mirror Online permission to share the alarming footage to raise awareness of the challenge. It comes as the sick 'suicide' game has hit the UK, leaving young children fearing for their lives and struggling to sleep. The challenge begins with a shadowy controller sending violent images to a child over WhatsApp or online games. It appears in the middle of videos to avoid detection by adults, and threatens the player or viewer if they refuse to follow 'orders'.